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Bart, Murphy, and I finally rolled back into Virginia about midnight on Monday. Even when you have a nice vacation, you are usually ready to get home by the end. After two weeks of being gone, this one was no exception. But unforeseen, and very unfortunate, circumstances made this particular trip the one that just wouldn’t quit.
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Our ninth month of living in our house ultimately involved very little actual living in our house. Between our two recent trips, we’ve only been there half of the last six weeks, but we’ve still managed to squeeze in a few projects here and there.
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I didn’t anticipate being so long away from the blog, or home for that matter, so soon after our last trip. But last Sunday night as we were preparing for another normal work week, we got word that Bart’s grandfather had just passed away, and our plans changed almost immediately.

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It’s doggone quiet around here these days…and that’s because, well, our dog is gone. Since we were going to be gone for eleven days on our trip, we had to figure out accommodations for Murphy. At first we were going to attempt boarding him again, the first time we would have been back to the doggy daycare since he had his disc episode there in January. But before we left, we got a different offer that we couldn’t refuse.

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Armed with our Swiss Passes, Bart and I covered a lot of ground in Switzerland. I told you about our day in the Berner Oberland, but we saw a whole bunch more than just Alps and snow. As I mentioned in my initial post about our trip, Switzerland is a diverse country in landscape as well as culture. We focused our travels on the German- and French-speaking areas of the country, though Italian and the dialect of Romanch are spoken in other areas (maybe next time). Today, I’m going to share our experiences in the German-speaking cities that we visited, and I’ll cover the French-speaking areas next time.

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Remember those trees we had cut down this spring? We decided to keep the wood from two of them for firewood for our two wood-burning fireplaces in our house. Originally, we had planned to have them dispose of the wood so we didn’t have to deal with it, but a friend offered to share it with us, so we decided to keep it and handle it ourselves. We hadn’t had an opportunity to mess with it since they came down, but we finally got our stuff together to begin tackling this daunting project over the long weekend.

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When you think of Switzerland, a few things probably come to mind: Swiss chocolate, Swiss cheese, Swiss army knives, and Ricola cough drops. But probably the most iconic symbol of Switzerland is the Alps. Naturally, if Bart and I were going to be spending a week in Switzerland, the Alps were high on our list of things to see while we were there. Given our somewhat constrained schedule, we only had a couple of days to explore one part of this majestic range. It was the first stop on our whirlwind tour, but it turned out to be our favorite time of the whole trip.

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